I've spent the last few weeks in the classroom with a group of amazing year 4 learners. They already had an awesome blog setup that I had the privilege of adding to while I was in the classroom. One of the initiatives I introduced the learners was to post a photo of the day. Each day a new student was chosen as our photographer and they were able to take photos of our learning during the day. Towards the end of the day learners were able to chose a photo they wanted to post to our class blog. They were then able to write a sentence or two about the photo and why they chose it.
While this was a pretty simple idea it was very powerful especially for those learners who find social interaction difficult - being the photographer allowed them to have a reason and purpose to talk to other students. Part of our procedures around photographer for the day required students to ask before they took a photograph.
This was part of our procedures as we talked at length about how important it is to ask before taking photos and posting them online. Students were very happy to be made famous on the blog so it gave everyone a chance to talk to each other even if it was just one question and answer.
Here are the photos I helped the students posts while I was part of the classroom.
Photo of the Day
There are lots of little things you can add to your own class blog similar to this type of activity. I wrote about these as part of my 20 days to Blogtastic
- Day 6 Our Classroom
- Day 7 Morning Statistics
- Day 8 Celebrating Success